PVC-free upholstery collection balances design and performance

September 1, 2008

The Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection from C.F. Stinson brings performance, sustainability and design into balance. Similar in performance to conventional vinyl, but with a softer hand, the products contain no polyvinyl chloride (and also no phthalates, plasticizers, halogenated flame retardants or fluorocarbons), and are antimicrobial and bleach-cleanable. The silver-based, broad-spectrum antimicrobial system is built in …

Cellophane House celebrates SmartWrap building skin

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) brings prefabricated houses into focus in its new exhibition, “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.” Among five houses built in the MoMA’s outdoor space is the five-story Cellophane House made of transparent, recyclable materials designed by KieranTimberlake Associates LLP, Philadelphia, Pa. The outer walls are NextGen SmartWrap™, …

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Beijing Olympics feature underwater geosynthetics

Some of the most impressive aspects of the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park are underwater. An artificial lake and wild-water complex in the Chinese city of Shunyi is set in a giant rectangular stretch of land specifically built for the Olympics. Most of the park is made up of a giant man made body of water, also …

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Substrates designed for solvent inks

Bruin Plastics Company Inc., Glendale, R.I., has introduced the Value™ Banner line of substrates designed for digital imaging and screen printing with solvent-based inks. The collection includes the following products: 10-ounce, single-sided; 13-ounce, single-sided; 13-ounce, double-sided opaque; and 18-ounce, double-sided opaque. All products are available in multiple widths with a matte finish, andare competitively priced. …

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Mesh easily attaches to walls and fences

National Sign Systems, Molendinar, Australia, is now offering printed fence fabric mesh that can be easily attached to walls and fences. The polyester mesh can be digitally printed or screen printed, depending on the graphics required and the size of the project. The lightness of the fabric and the versatility of its application make it …

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Custom vehicle wrap creates unique homecoming gift

Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Division, Painesville, Ohio, with GatorWraps Inc., and Mossy Oak gave a San Diego, Calif. marine a unique homecoming gift. When Staff Sergeant Jacob Karl returned home from his third tour in Iraq, he was greeted with a custom vehicle wrap for his 1997 Ford F-250® truck. Avery Graphics donated …

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Awning material used on KeyBank locations worldwide

Cooley Weathertyte® is now being installed on KeyBank locations worldwide; the technically advanced, completely waterproof awning material offers the look and feel of a woven fabric, with all the benefits of a high-performance composite vinyl. Daniel Mocny, art director for awning fabricator Brilliant Electric Sign Company Ltd., says: “We worked along with KeyBank in specifying …

French Army soldiers wear protective fabric

Rugged meta-aramid fibers, all-temperature protection and fire resistance sold the French Army on protective clothing from the Kermel® Co., Comar Cedex, France. The first battalions will be equipped with Kermel’s V50 summer and VMC40 winter camouflage battledress in late 2008 following successful field testing. The decision was made in context of France’s FELIN® Project, development …

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Tips to saving energy and money

With the summer’s spike in oil prices, strategies to conserve energy are more important than ever. Members of our technical advisory committee share their strategies. Energy survey With the help of a local university, Herculite conducted a complete energy survey of its facilities, which led to the following energy-saving changes. Implemented a company wide upgrade …

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Bantex® fabrics line expands

Bantex® Terra™ is Herculite’s newest addition to the industry-leading Bantex brand and was designed in response to market demand for Bantex fabrics that can be used with either direct and transfer sublimation inks as well as solvent UV curable ink-jet printing systems. These products are eco-sensitive, contain no VOCs, are free of heavy metals, and …

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Portable outdoor display system features unique spring construction

Expand International of America Inc., Stratford, Conn., introduces its Expand DisplayTunnel, a portable outdoor display. This new display system has a unique spring construction that allows it to virtually unfold itself when it is taken out of the bag. The chosen image is printed on durable flag fabric that is stretched completely smooth when it …

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Oracal promotes Craig Campbell to Business Manager

Oracal USA, Black Creek, Ga., announces that Craig Campbell has been promoted to the newly created position of Business Manager. Campbell will be responsible for management of the company’s team of Customer Sales & Support Representatives while remaining actively involved in the development of new products, markets and partnership opportunities for Oracal USA. Campbell has …

GreenShield efficiently delivers chemical treatments

TSG Incorporated, a large commission finisher of woven products, is partnering with G3 Technology Innovations to offer the GreenShield family of products. Multi-functional, safe and environmentally friendly, GreenShield uses advanced nanomaterials to deliver chemical treatments extremely efficiently, reducing the amount of chemistry necessary; multiple chemical properties can be applied in one pass. The technology dramatically …

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German supermarket features fabric screens

The meat and cheese counters at Kaiser’s Tengelmann supermarkets in Germany close at 8:00 p.m., but customers shop until 9:00 p.m. or later and expect service. The grocery retailer decided to manage expectations, installing digitally printed vertical screens that lower from closed boxes on the ceiling to signal that chilled fresh food counters are closed …

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Increase in printing on fabrics revives need for sewing equipment

Despite detractors that call sewing a “dinosaur technology,” it remains one that defies extinction. In fact, with the rapid growth of UV, dye sublimation, and solvent printing on fabrics, sewing may be more vital than ever to the banner/display finishing process. Newer technologies, such as hot air and RF welding, have proven capable of fusing …

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Canvas products suitable for fine art applications

Roland DGA Corporation has added two new fine art canvas products: Solvent Satin Canvas and Solvent Gloss Canvas. Specially coated for performance with the company’s Eco-Sol Max eco-solvent ink, this new media offering allows Roland VersaCAMM and SOLJET ink-jet printers and printer/cutters to produce wide-format photographic and fine art reproductions, art decor and murals with …

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3P’s banners board space shuttle

3P InkJet Textiles’ banners were on board the 23rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Country Cotton FR (IQ-IJ217) fulfilled the high NASA safety requirements for space shuttle flights. Bay Area Imaging LLC, a digital imaging shop near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, produced four small banners for the mission. The …

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Ultraflex Systems featured on television show series

The producers of Sustainable Planet have announced that Ultraflex Systems, Randolph, N.J., is featured in an episode of the television show’s series on environmental impact. Ultraflex has developed a way to render PVC products subject to decomposition at rates usually attributed to organic substances. BIOflex is a PVC-based material that is manufactured with a patented …

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Tri Vantage introduces 117 new style patterns

Tri Vantage has introduced 117 new style patterns to its popular High Point Collection™ of decorative Sunbrella® fabrics: High Point Collection III. A combination of current styles and classic looks, the new collection includes a large grouping of traditional weaves in basic coordinating colors, new reversible patterns, and new textures such as the new “Plush” …

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Awning roll-out keeps Airstream rolling

The Airstream recreational vehicle is a heavyweight icon of road travel, with emphasis on the “heavy.” In designing its new 17- and 22-foot Safari Sport RVs, Airstream aimed for a design lightweight enough to be pulled by a standard SUV or V6 minivan. The company looked at everything, including the awnings, and fabricator Zip Dee, …

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Making the most of trade show visits

Have you ever heard of trade shows referred to as “living magazines”? The exhibitors are the advertisers, the conferences and keynote speakers are the editorial material, and the attendees are the readers. Here are few techniques to get the most out of your trade show visit. Make a “to do” list. List the booths that …

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New fabrics introduced for variety of applications

Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., has a variety of new fabrics. ET 9450 Symmetry is new to its green fabric line, Enviro-Tex®, for dye sublimation and UV printing. This knit is a blend of Repreve® and spandex, and is used in banners and trade show exhibit applications. The fabric is recommended for architectural design. It …

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Rainier Industries relocates

Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., announces that they have moved. Their new facility offers over 140,000 square feet and houses their corporate offices, as well as state-of-the-art metal, wood, fabric, window, graphic, and sign shops. The address is 18375 Olympic Avenue South, Tukwila, WA 98188. See www.rainier.com.

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IFAI Expo 2008 to offer fabric graphics educational events

The Fabric Graphics Association and Fabric Graphics magazine are presenting educational events during IFAI Expo 2008 in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, “Fabric Graphics—Your Environmental Edge,” on October 21 discusses trends and expert insights on digital printing, ink technology and greenhouse gases, and other environmental topics. Graphics workshops on October 22 cover color management and dye …

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Trade shows benefit businesses in numerous ways

Make your next trade show the business opportunity it truly is. By Richard G. Ensman Jr. It’s that time of year: Your mailbox is filling up with those colorful mailings about your upcoming trade show, and you’re not sure whether to go or not. After all, it is expensive. First, there’s the cost of travel, …

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Innolite introduces LEC-based panels

Innolite light emitting capacitor (LEC)-based panels make lighting paper-thin for illumination on signage, trade show exhibits, architecture and design, point-of-purchase displays, photography—even within wallpaper. CeeLite’s smart, programmable Flatline Inverters and multiple packaging options offer superior brightness, long life and many programmable dimming, fading and flashing standard features. The panels are constructed using screen-printable polymer thick …

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Soaring canopies take flight at Indiana International

Indiana International Airport’s recent renovations included a five-story, 2.5-million-square-foot parking facility topped with helix-shaped canopies designed to emulate the spirals in the ramp. Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., used approximately 75,000 square feet of PTFE material to form two canopies for the ramps and a central atrium. An architecture consortium selected the fabric membrane for its …

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KD Kanopy finds success with silk screen printing

KD Kanopy started as a tent manufacturer in 1984, but it didn’t take long to recognize the market for graphics on tents. By 1989 the Westminster, Colorado company was silk screening on tents, and by 2001 it was getting “a lot of requests for full digital graphics,” says president John Matthews. KD Kanopy still does …

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Semi-gloss canvas available in assorted widths and sizes

Fredrix Print Canvas, Lawrenceville, Ga., has launched a new solvent jet semi-gloss canvas, the 901SGSJ. The 901SGSJ is cost effective and formulated for use with the latest generation of solvent ink-jet printers. The specially designed top coat provides a wide color range and offers consistent photo quality imaging. It is available in assorted widths and …

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Manufacturer announces dye sublimation and direct print graphics capabilities

Laarhoven Design, Norcross, Ga., manufacturer of portable and modular displays and graphics, has announced new dye sublimation and direct print graphics capabilities. The company has been producing fabric graphics with a partner company for several years. With the addition of new dye sublimation printing equipment at its manufacturing plant, fabric graphics can now be produced …

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Banners help showcase the story of space travel

The project. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon. The companies. Hunt Design Associates, Pasadena, Calif., worked with Tom Fricker and Peter Radestsky, California-based exhibit designers, who created the concept and content. The printing was done by Gregory, Inc., Buhler, Kan. Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, Hutchinson, Kan., was the exhibit producer. The task. The …

OFPANZ celebrates 20 years

Members of the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) gathered in Auckland on July 3–5 for their annual conference, marking the 20th anniversary of OFPANZ’s founding in 1988 when fabricators from both the north and south islands were seeking a national entity. More than 200 industry representatives from all over New Zealand, as …

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Geodesic dome promotes successful communication

Problem: Communication strategies must focus on branding, reaching mobile target groups, increasing dialog with customers and capitalizing on out-of-home media. Solution: Temporary spaces bring the message to mobile customers, and the ZENDOME geodesic dome can be deployed easily and anywhere. With specially designed software, images (including logos, brands or landscapes) printed on ZENDOME.billboard-XXL can be …

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Fireproof tents shelter visitors at Mecca

Each year, more than two million Muslims visit the Holy Mosque at Mecca for three days and nights. Mina Valley in Saudi Arabia is one of the stations housing pilgrims, but a 1997 fire during Hajj destroyed thousands of cotton tents used for shelter there. Saudi authorities are rebuilding the Mina Valley tent city of …

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Using purchased images

Purchased images and art are often used in print and on the Web. The term clip art refers to images—primarily electronic—that can be obtained from Web sites. This type of artwork, as well as stock photos, is not custom work created for your specific project; the art is offered as a completed image. Some computer …

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Textured wall wrap hides wall imperfections

DreamScape, Rockaway, N.J., has unveiled dreamScape Textured Wall Wrap, a textured vinyl peel and stick media, which has been developed for hiding wall imperfections and the ability to reduce glare and light reflection. It is also thicker and more durable so it won’t stretch out of form or shrink during installation. It meets all requirements …

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DuPont expands Plunkett Awards for Innovation and Sustainability

To mark the 70th anniversary of the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), later branded as DuPont™ Teflon®, DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions, Wilmington, Del., has expanded its Plunkett Awards for Innovation and Sustainability with environmental sustainability as a new selection criterion. The award recognizes companies around the world using fluoropolymers to create innovative solutions that contribute to sustainable …

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Product aims to make printing on textured surfaces easier

Until recently, roughly textured surfaces at stadiums, restaurants and other businesses were often left bare because it was just too difficult to use them for display purposes. A new product aims to change that. 3M™ Scotchcal™ graphic film for textured surfaces uses an adhesive that makes it possible to mold digitally printed images onto hard-to-cover …

AATCC to hold technical textiles symposium

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) will present “Medical, Nonwovens & Technical Textiles” October 6–7, 2008, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C., U.S.A. The two-day program has been developed by AATCC’s Material Interest Group, and is being chaired by Dr. Philip J. Brown, Clemson University. Confirmed topics include next-generation carbon …

Zipper offers waders flexible water resistance

Problem: Manufacturers of waders ask for a more flexible waterproof closure system that better matches their material. Solution: The YKK Aquaseal® Zipper is made of a soft Hytrel rubber or polyurethane-coated tape. The zipper’s plastic teeth give the fastener flexibility while keeping out surface water. SOURCE KK USA Inc.

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Mini Motel offers travelers portable shelter

Weather delays, flight cancellations, security checks and skyrocketing fuel costs are making it tough for airplanes to get off the ground. Frequent flyers find themselves grounded too, stuck overnight in noisy, cavernous airports waiting for the blizzard over Pittsburgh to relent. No lodging, no blankets, no privacy and no sleep—unless you happen to bring your …

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Museums and fine art provide unique graphics application

Museums are fast discovering the benefits of fabric use in their facilities. Although these institutions often use fabric for signage or wayfinding, designers are also finding innovative ways to incorporate textiles into their exhibits. The same applies to those who are reproducing works of fine art. Manufacturers are consistently creating new and improved canvas-type materials …

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Image Graphics introduces 3 new products

Image Graphics, Deer Park, N.Y., has three new product offerings. Bioflex is a durable, white, flexible substrate. Tear and fade resistant, it will withstand all types of weather conditions, and is the first truly environmentally friendly PVC. It is well suited for applications that require a front-lit, digitally printed sign or banner. Earthcling is a …

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AW Specialty Papers adds Carla Hoag to sales team

AW Specialty Papers, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has added Carla Hoag to its sales team. Hoag will be responsible for inside sales, specializing in wide format heat transfer products. She has 25 years of experience in the paper industry, previously working at Wyndstone Specialty Papers, a division of Lewis Paper International. See www.awspecialtypapers.com.

Researcher reportedly develops decontamination for nanotechnologies

Nanotechnology may be a manufacturing revolution, but how environmentally responsible (and safe) will it be? In an article in ScienCentral News (produced by ScienCentral Inc. in collaboration with The Center for Science and the Media), technology monitoring firm Lux Research estimates that by the year 2015, the global output of goods using nanotechnology will be …

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Low-cost substrate offers superior quality and appearance

Problem: A digital print provider bidding on 250 store window graphics wanted a superior quality, competitive cost substrate that was better than 13 ounce, three-ply laminated PVC. Solution: Frontlit Extra cast-coated banner and graphic substrate combines a streamlined base scrim and lighter PVC coating. The lacquer topcoat provides brilliant image reproduction, dimensional stability, superior print …

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Rainier produces permanent and semi-permanent cottages

Daydreaming about a cottage in the woods? Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash., may make those dreams a reality for customers with its new Rainier Cottage, a handcrafted canvas and Douglas fir structure for permanent or semi-permanent use. Sturdy enough for use year-round in most climates, the cottage’s 100-percent cotton Army Duck canvas is water repellent, mildew …

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Transitioning to welded seams

In recent years, fabric welding has replaced many traditional sewing methods. Not only do welded seams have a better aesthetic appearance than sewn seams, but they also have a longer service life in the field. Currently, it is still more cost effective to sew many applications, but many manufacturers are making the transition to welded …

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Direct-to-textile printer includes integrated heat fixation unit

Graphics One, LLC, Burbank, Cal., announces the availability of the new d.gen Teleios 74/V6 six color direct-to-textile printer. This high-performance direct-to-fabric printer produces vivid, prints on flags and banners with no transfer paper needed. The Teleios 74/V6 prints up to 74 inches, and has a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi., at high speeds. Included with …

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Century Park Capital Partners acquires Moss Inc.

Los Angeles-based Century Park Capital Partners acquired Moss Inc., a manufacturer of fabric-based signs serving the event, exhibit, and retail industries. The business will expand organically and through acquisitions. No deal terms were disclosed. Meanwhile, Lois Richards has been appointed to the newly created position of senior account executive, events, for Las Vegas, and will …